Tyler Breeze Shares How He Was First Signed To WWE

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Former WWE Superstar Tyler Breeze made an appearance on the Straight Shooting podcast. 

He talked about how he got signed by WWE and more. Here are the highlights: 

Doing paid tryouts in FCW: 

“At the time, FCW was doing paid tryouts. They weren’t seeking anybody out, you had to go and go, ‘Hey, I’m paying money to come down there, you guys look at me and tell me what to do.’ My trainer, Lance Storm, worked for WWE and had connections. I said, ‘Should I go to this?’ ‘Let me reach out and ask.’ He asked Norman (Smiley), (Billy) Kidman, and a couple of others and they said yes. I went down, paid my way, first time ever leaving Canada. I had never traveled and had no clue what I needed to do to go to the States. I paid the fee for the tryout, it was like a three-day tryout. I made sure to talk to people. It was intimidating. I walked in and there was like 60 people. Guys who are bigger and in better shape than me. I’m going, ‘Oh my God, what have I gotten myself into?’ Within five minutes, I ruled out probably three quarters of them because I was like, ‘I can work better than him, he’s not very good, he’s just big.’ I went to that, saw how it was and wrestled some matches, got my first taste of WWE. They hired Jinder (Mahal) out of that.”


Getting signed by WWE: 


“Six months went by and they were doing another. I thought, ‘Is six months really enough time to improve?’ I asked Lance, ‘Should I go back down?’ He asked Norman and Norman said yes, ‘make sure he comes back down.’ I paid again and I remember maxing out my credit card. I believe they were $1500, just for the tryout. That’s not including the flight from Canada or the hotel for the week. I went, ‘If I don’t make it here, I have to buckle down at work because it’s a lot of money.’ I went down and this time, there was 80 people. Again, within the first five minutes, I was like, ‘I can hang with these guys.’ One of the key factors for me, was the people connection. Steve Keirn remembered me. Dr. Tom (Prichard), Billy Kidman, they remembered me from the first one because I went out of my way to (introduce myself) and I did good at the tryout. After the first day, I saw Steve (Keirn) and was like, ‘Just checking in, how am I doing so far?’ He went, ‘I don’t want to tell you anything, but right now you’re in my top three.’ I said, ‘Cool, that’s all I need to know.’ I did the tryout and there was one moment that went through my head and I didn’t want to believe it, but I was like, ‘I’m getting hired.’ We did a drill, I know I did it well, and my hair tie came out. John (Laurinaitis) had it and he goes, ‘Here.’ He hands it to me and he asked my number. He pulls out a booklet and it flashed through my head, I went, ‘I’m getting hired.’ At the end of (the tryout) — the gimmick was they give one contract away at the end — I remember them going, ‘Alright, the winner of the contract is Matt Clement.’ I remember looking around and went, ‘Oh my God, it’s me.’ I went up to the front and it’s Dusty (Rhodes), Norman Dr. Tom, and I went, ‘Oh my God, I got hired.’”

H/T to Fightful

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